Embraer signed a services contract with the Philippine Air Force (PAF) to support the six A-29 Super Tucano turboprops that were received in 2020.
According to the Brazilian planemaker, the contract provides for the support of more than 200 components of the light attack aircraft.
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“Staying close to our customers and supporting them in their missions is core to what we do,” said Rinaldo Piubeli Prado, Vice President of Worldwide Defense & Security Customer Support & Aftermarket Sales, Embraer Services & Support. “Leveraging on our customer support team in Asia Pacific, we are honored to support the Philippine Air Force as they deploy the A-29 and utilize it to its fullest potential.”
The Air Force of the Asian country had signed the agreement for the Super Tucano turboprops in 2017, which replaced the twin-engine Rockwell OV-10 Bronco in tactical air support, light attack, surveillance, intercepting hostile aircraft and counter-insurgency operations.
Originally, the A-29s were supposed to be delivered in 2019, but Embraer only sent the first planes in September 2020.
The government of the Philippines even suggested a plan to acquire 18 more Super Tucanos, however, until today the deal has not been confirmed.
The A-29 fleet currently comprises 260 aircraft that fly in 15 air forces around the world.